Federal mediators will be involved in negotiations when the two sides in the National Hockey League negotiations resume talks in New York on Wednesday, according to sources who talked Tuesday to ESPN.com.
This would be the second round of talks in which the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services will have been included. The sources say individual owners will not be involved in the Wednesday sessions, but a number of players will be.
The announcement Tuesday came the day after the league had announced all games through December 30th have been cancelled. 526 games, or 43 percent of the regular season schedule, have now been called off, in addition to the NHL All-Star Game and the league’s New Years Day’s Winter Classic.